Contrast between real quality, real junk

By Curtis K. Shelburne G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” Though Chesterton died before the advent of television, a fact that was merciful both for him and for those who produce what we’ve come to expect […]

How to spot a real cowboy

By Glenda Price You can tell a lot about a cowboy by his clothes — how old he is and where he came from and whether he’s a ranch hand, a rodeo cowboy or an imposter. Stuffing your pants inside your boots does help when you’re horseback and not wearing chaps. Leather grabs leather, you […]

Real controversy is tampering with evidence

Freedom New Mexico The case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean — Border Patrol agents in Texas convicted in 2006 of shooting an illegal-immigrant drug smuggler as he headed back toward Mexico, and sentenced to 11-year and 12-year prison terms, respectively — has become a cause c

Amos becomes famous

Amos the churchmouse is scurrying out into the real world.

Sin is real, but God’s grace is deeper, stronger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If a writer has ever lived who could better turn a phrase than the early 20th-century author G.K. Chesterton, I can’t imagine who it would be. Here are a couple or a few quotable examples: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they […]

Helping fund ethanol craze unsound idea

Freedom New Mexico The ethanol craze just might set a record for fads that fizzled before they got fully under way. The sooner the better, in our view. Ethanol is an example of a commodity that might have some value, but with an artificial market created almost entirely by government mandates and subsidies it is […]

Plenty of Clovis fans around

Clair Zarges arrived in Clovis about a year ago, and she is concerned about recent criticism aimed at the community on YouTube.

Clovis fan speaks out

Clovis newcomer Clair Zarges wants to know “Are there any real Clovis fans out there?”

Path to Mexican soul always special

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The feds shut down one of our ports of entry with Mexico last week. The place is about six hours from Clovis, the one just south of Columbus in Luna County in southern New Mexico. They re-opened the crossing after a bit. It was all over a shootout across the […]

Brumfield to run for mayor

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File photo Gayla Brumfield By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Clovis Realtor Gayla Brumfield announced her intention to run for mayor Friday afternoon. She joins Gloria Wicker, Rube Render and Tim Ashley in announcing a bid for the office. Mayor David Lansford announced in November he would not seek a fourth term. Mayoral and city commission […]

Christmas tree shopping not what it once was

By Curtis Shelburne Well, I get to go look for a Christmas tree this evening. I’m not looking forward to the looking. My wife has been making noises about this trip for several days. She’s giving me time to come to terms with the inevitable. She knows I’d rather eat turnip greens than go shopping […]

Hollywood writers have right idea

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is joining them on the picket […]

Manure can be real money-saver

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense Dairies nowadays are in the process of producing M & M & M. Milk and milk and milk you might say, or as we say, “Have you had your three-a-day yet?” Milk product servings that is. Well that’s one way of looking at it, however I am referring to three […]

Business Feature: Market on the move

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle A home is built on the corner of Jaydn Lane and Norris Street. Since June 2006, 52 new homes have sold in Clovis, according to Gayla Brumfield, president and owner of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Even with sales lagging, local real estate agents […]

Torture tactics not cure-all in real life

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as […]

Business Digest: Real estate office buys ‘room to grow’

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate is expanding its offices at 4201 N. Prince St. “After purchasing Kenneth Realty, we did not have enough room for all of our agents, so the expansion will consist of offices for our agents as well as room to grow,” said marketing director Holly […]

Second Portales robbery reported

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a Portales real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., Portales, shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female […]

Sci-fi author honored in lectureship

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Members of the science fiction community gathered Friday in the Science Fiction Special Collections area of the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University for a panel discussion on the legacy of Jack Williamson. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson […]

Congress needs fresh approach to Real ID act

By Freedom Newspapers The homeland security and counterterrorism legislation currently being debated in the U.S. Senate is being held up by two marginally related issues: efforts to unionize airport screeners and implementation of Real ID. It wouldn’t necessarily be a tragedy if the legislation were held up forever, given that the bill is more pork […]

Zoo misadventure traps family

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Tuesday afternoon excursion to the zoo left a 29-year-old Clovis man and his two daughters in the same situation as the animals — locked behind bars. Getting off work a little early, Chris Gauna decided to treat his children — 2 and 3 years old — to a […]